Botswana: Thebe Scores Double

Gaborone — Baboloki Thebe has ended the athletics season on a high note after bagging two silver medals at the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava on September 9.

Thebe, won a silver medal in the 400m individual race and as if that was not enough, he bagged another medal after anchoring Team Africa in the 4 by 400m mixed relay team.

The team was made up of Thebe, Christine Botlogetswe, Caster Semenya of South Africa and Nigeria's Chidi Okezie.

Thebe, who has had a challenging season, rose to the occasion and gave Africa something to brag about.

Thebe, who had finished on seventh position in 200m on Saturday with a Season Best of 20.79, approached the both 400m races with a grand plan.

Even though, he was up against some of the world's best 400m runners in the likes of Nathan Strother of Team Americas, Matthew Hudson-Smith of Europe, and Abdalelah Haroun of Asia-Pacific, he knew the importance of the 400m individual race hence he executed his plan properly.

He blasted from the blocks and it was clear when he approached the 200m mark that he was aiming for the podium finish.

Thebe, who has been struggling with his finishing technique, finished very strong but it was Haroun who hit the finish line first with 44.72 to claim a gold medal for Asia-Pacific, while Thebe won Africa's silver medal with 45.10 and bronze went to America's Strother.

Thebe said in an interview after the race, that he was happy he won the medal for Africa.

"The 200m race on Saturday prepapred me for the 400m final.

Although it was a bit risky for me, it worked out well for me.

At times, when you gamble, things work out for you but at times fail," he said.

Although, he had a rough season, he said he was happy he had something to decorate his cabinet with, and that he ended his season on a high note from free recurring injuries.

Meanwhile, in the 4by400m mixed relay, Thebe and his team members shocked the world by coming back from behind to win a silver medal.

The team started on a low note with Botlogetswe having to compete with Christian Taylor, Steven Solomon and Matthew Hudson-Smith before handing over the baton to Okizie in position four.

Okize, who fought very hard, handed over to Semenya who gave the baton to Thebe still on fourth position.

Thebe, who knew what was stake for the continent, ran as if his life depended on the race, beating both Anneliese Rubie of Asia Pacific and Justyna Swiety-Ersetic of Europe to a silver medal.

Source : BOPA

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